Preserving the great craft of tattooing through books


Electric Tattooing, Experienced Work - FRED MARQUAND

Electric Tattooing,

Experienced Work


268 pages, 6 x 8 softbound

ISBN 978-0-9912466-2-5

Blue Letter Books, 2014

$50 USD

Fred Marquand's life is one of the most authentic representations of an American folk artist during the 1900s. The art displayed in this book represents some of the beautiful creations he left behind for the world to admire.

6x8 full color, soft cover, 268 pages. Written by Nick Ackman.


Designed by Percy Waters

240 pages, 5 x 7″ softbound

ISBN 978-0-99122466-1-8

Blue Letter Books, 2014

$40 USD

The tattoo flash and other items presented in this book come from my personal collection of Percy Waters memorabilia that was put together from various sources. The designs were originally printed in the 1920s during the early years of Waters’ supply business while he was in Detroit. Nearly 100 years have passed since these designs were first printed for tattooers to use. Now they are being brought to you in this book, Designed by Percy Waters.

HARRY ALLEN WARREN: American Tattooer

Harry Allen Warren — American Tattooer

110 pages, 8 ¼ x 5 ¼” softbound

ISBN 978-0-99122466-0-1

Blue Letter Books, 2013

$35 USD

This book contains a collection of tattoo flash painted in 1934-1935 by tattooer Harry Allen Warren of Los Angeles California. His painting style is very similar to other Los Angeles Area tattooers of the time like Owen Jensen and Harry Lawson. Warren was mostly based in California but also traveled the west coast working with circus and carnival shows. The classic tattoo images presented in this book represent an era of Americana that is a time passed. 8 ¼ x 5 ¼ full color, soft cover, 110 pages with an introduction by the book's creator, tattooer Nick Ackman.


Blue Letter Books is an independent publishing company started in 2013 by tattooer Nick Ackman of Olympia, Washington. Tattooing since 2001, Nick became interested in the history of his craft and began accumulating and compiling information and tattoo memorabilia––a pursuit that will last the rest of his life. Focusing his research on the makers of the items he acquires, Nick combines images from his collection with related information in the form of books. The goal of these books is to keep the history of the great craft of tattooing alive, while at the same time providing a look at images and objects from tattooing’s past.

These photos  show Nick painting the Blue Letter Books Logo for the timelapse animation featured at the beginning of our book trailers.



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